FINA3307 Trading in Securities Markets

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Finance major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit introduces students to the theory and practice of securities trading at exchanges and in dealer markets. In contrast to traditional models of finance that assume perfect markets, the unit examines how trading and the design of markets affect volatility, liquidity, trading costs, price efficiency and trading outcomes.
Students are able to (1) describe the structure of different markets and how securities are traded; (2) discuss the motivations for trading; (3) identify trading costs and seek ways to measure and minimise them under different market structures; (4) evaluate the links between market structure, trading efficiency and asset pricing and provide probable explanations for financial market anomalies and regularities; and (5) demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts and theory to practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly quizzes; (2) trading simulation assignments; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Yuanji Wen
Unit rules
FINA3324 Investment Analysis
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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